Benjamin Franklin in 1775 thanks Charles Dumas of the Netherlands for sending him 3 more copies of the newest edition of Vattel’s Law of Nations

Originally Written & Posted Online by CDR Kerchner @  Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 8:37 PM

Benjamin Franklin in 1775 thanks Charles Dumas of the Netherlands for sending him 3 more copies of the newest edition of Vattel’s Law of Nations

Another founder of our nation and framer of our Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, was also quite familiar and well versed with the writings of Vattel as early as 1775 when he wrote to Charles Dumas in the Netherlands and thanked him for sending Franklin 3 copies of the newest edition of Vattel (in French). Franklin commented to Dumas that his personal copy was in heavy demand by the other delegates to the Continental Congress meeting in 1775. Dumas had recently edited and published a new addition of Vattel (in the original French) in the Netherlands. Franklin and most of the founders were fluent in French which was the diplomatic language of that time. Dumas also made comments in his writings to Franklin about Vattel’s enlightened writings and vision for a new form of government for a nation where the people were sovereign and the unique opportunity for its application to the affairs in America in the colonies splitting from Great Britain. The words found in our Declaration of Independence mentioning the “Laws of Nature” and the phrase mentioning unalienable rights such as “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” are right out of Volume 1 of Vattel. As are the words of seeking a more perfect union in the Preamble of our Constitution were also inspired by the teachings and writings of Vattel. Thus it is quite evident that the founders read and used Vattel extensively. Here is a reprint of the letter from Franklin to Dumas thanking him for sending the books.

Benjamin Franklin to: Charles William Frederic Dumas


Dear Sir,
Philadelphia, 9 December, 1775.

I received your several favors, of May 18th, June 30th, and July 8th, by Messrs. Vaillant and Pochard;(1) whom if I could serve upon your recommendation, it would give me great pleasure. Their total want of English is at present an obstruction to their getting any employment among us; but I hope they will soon obtain some knowledge of it. This is a good country for artificers or farmers; but gentlemen of mere science in les belles lettres cannot so easily subsist here, there being little demand for their assistance among an industrious people, who, as yet, have not much leisure for studies of that kind.

I am much obliged by the kind present you have made us of your edition of Vattel. It came to us in good season, when the circumstances of a rising state make it necessary frequently to consult the law of nations. Accordingly that copy, which I kept, (after depositing one in our own public library here, and sending the other to the College of Massachusetts Bay, as you directed,) has been continually in the hands of the members of our Congress, now sitting, who are much pleased with your notes and preface, and have entertained a high and just esteem for their author. Your manuscript “Idee sur le Gouvernement et la Royaute” is also well relished, and may, in time, have its effect. I thank you, likewise, for the other smaller pieces, which accompanied Vattel. “Le court Expose de ce qui s’est passe entre la Cour Britannique et les Colonies,” bc. being a very concise and clear statement of facts, will be reprinted here for the use of our new friends in Canada. The translations of the proceedings of our Congress are very acceptable. I send you herewith what of them has been farther published here, together with a few newspapers, containing accounts of some of the successes Providence has favored us with. We are threatened from England with a very powerful force, to come next year against us.(2) We are making all the provision in our power here to oppose that force, and we hope we shall be able to defend ourselves. But, as the events of war are always uncertain, possibly, after another campaign, we may find it necessary to ask the aid of some foreign power.



CDR Charles Kerchner

P.S. See this prior post I made about President George Washington consulting Vattel as America’s new President in 1789:

P.S.S.  The legal treatise, The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law, known as the Law of Nations for short, defined the term “naturel” or “natural born Citizen” as a person born in the country of parents (plural) who were Citizens of the country:

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Originally Written & Posted Online by CDR Kerchner @ Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 1:50 PM

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

From: Charles Kerchner, Commander USNR (Retired)

Posted 28 Jan 2010 at:

Glenn, you say you have studied the founders and framers of our U.S. Constitution to try to learn more about the original intent and meanings of the words therein.I Believe The Fix Was In for the 2008 Election and The Cover Up is Still Going Strong and Has Created The Perfect Storm for a Constitutional Crisis!

Glenn, when are you going to read the preeminent legal treatise of the time of the Revolutionary War against Great Britain that was used by the founders to write the Declaration of Independence and the framers to craft our U.S. Constitution. Benjamin Franklin referred to it as being in heavy use and demand by the delegates at the Continental Congress in 1775 when four copies were sent to him by Dumas who published a newly edited edition in 1775. It was written in French the diplomatic language of the time of which Benjamin Franklin and many others who founded our nation were fluent in as well as English.

The term, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”, is a direct quote from this book. And there are many more quotes from it in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. And this renowned legal book is even mentioned by name in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

This book was the legal reference book describing a new form of government for governing a Constitutional Republic with a written Constitution that George Washington had a copy of on his desk and was observed reading from in his first day in office in New York and it was the legal book John Jay had on his desk as the 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. John Jay’s letter to George Washington is the reason the legal term of art from that legal book is in Article II of the U.S. Constitution as to the eligibility requirements to be President.

The name of the book is, “The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law“, by Vattel. I recommend you read it. If you don’t have time to read it all, read at least Volume 1. And if you don’t have time to read that, then read Vol.1, Chapter 19, Section 212, on the natural law definitions of being a “Citizen” and the separate meaning and definition of the legal term of art “natural born Citizen”.

Glenn, the question of constitutional eligibility regarding Obama is not whether he is a Citizen of the U.S., but whether he is a “natural born Citizen” of the U.S. to Constitutional standards as envisioned by the founders and framers of the Constitution and reiterated in four U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the next 100 years of this nation until the progressive movement of the most recent 100 years started to blur those two terms in the eyes and minds of the American people so their political party can put forward and elect anyone to the office of President and Commander in Chief (CINC) of our military. The President and CINC per the founders intent must have sole allegiance at birth to only the USA with no citizenship at birth from his parents in any other nation. That is a “natural born Citizen”, must have citizenship and allegiance at birth to only the USA. He must be born in the USA to two Citizens of the USA to achieve natural born Citizenship and sole allegiance at birth. Obama was born with dual-citizenship. He was not eligible per the founders intent. But the Progressive movement has convinced People otherwise. And you are helping them with their cover up.

Read Vattel’s, “The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law”, Vol. 1, Chapter 19, Section 212. This is natural law given to nature from God. Pray on it. Then speak the truth from the heart. Speak truth to power. You have the ability to save the Constitution and the Republic. Please speak up on the true meaning of “natural born Citizen” and educate the People on the difference between born Citizen, naturalized Citizen, and “natural born Citizen”

I am a Son of the American Revolution. I served my country in the military for 33 years on active duty and reserves. I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not to defend a President or a man.

Please read this book and then speak out about it on your shows.


Charles Kerchner
Commander USNR (Retired)

P.S. Where to buy the book for less than $15: